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Summer School on Modelling Membrane Bioreactor Processes
15 - 17 July 2008, Ghent, Belgium

Why modelling?

Membrane bioreactor technology is advancing fast, with an increasing number of plants in operation. Nevertheless, optimisation of individual plants has often still to be accomplished by a lenghty try-and-error process of different states of operation. However, due to the complexity of the process and the large amount of degrees of freedom, experimental studies rapidly become very labour and cost intensive.

Mathematical models have proven to be powerful tools to assist in exploring complex systems. They can assist in understanding processes by testing different hypothesis resulting from experimental investigation. Once a model contains the required knowledge (i.e. limited experimental data are still needed), simulation power can be exploited to test many more cases or scenario’s. This allows to explore the system behaviour in a fast and cost-effective way.

Against this backgrond, modelling and simulation is becoming an indispensible and powerful tool for optimising plant design and operation. This Summer School pays respect to this development and invites young researchers to gain a first insight into the various approaches to and aspects of depicting such complex systems.

What do we offer?

moduleThis three days course will introduce the students to tools for modelling various aspects of membrane bioreactors. From data acquisition to modelling of complex processes, touching biological aspects as well as hydrodynamics. The use of different simulation techniques will be taught in courses and applied with software packages available on the market (e.g. WEST, Fluent). Lectures will be complemented by hands-on excercises, demonstrations and lab visits.

Who should attend?

The summer school courses are particularly tailored to post-graduate researchers with little or no experiences in modelling. We therefore address

Who is your host?

moduleThis Summer School takes place as part of the third training week in MBR-TRAIN. It is organised by Ghent University‘s Department of Applied Mathematics, Biometrics and Process Control (Biomath). The institute is specialised in studies of complex systems in diverse disciplines by means of modelling and simulation.

The city

Ghent is the biggest city of the East Flanders province in Belgium. The city established a nice blend between comfort of living and history. It has medieval architecture and is remarkably well preserved and restored. Its center is the largest car free area in Belgium. Interesting highlights are the Saint Bavo Cathedral with the Ghent Altarpiece, the belfry, the Gravensteen castle, and the splendid architecture along the old Graslei harbour.

Right after the training week there will be the "Gentse Feesten" which is a ten day long street festival. Besides, you will enjoy the world famous Belgium beer and the best chocolates.